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2014-2015 NBA Eastern Conference Preview

Based on my predictions for all 1,230 regular-season games for the 2014-2015 NBA season, here is my predicted order of finish for the Eastern Conference:

1. Chicago Bulls (60-22)

The return of Derrick Rose and the addition of Pau Gasol should help the Bulls address their shortcomings on the offensive side of the ball.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers (58-24)

LeBron James’ return will make Cleveland relevant in the Eastern Conference for the first time since James’ infamous departure back in 2010.

3. Brooklyn Nets (48-34)

Lionel Hollins, task master that he is, will get the most out of the Nets no matter how many games Brook Lopez misses or plays this season.

4. Miami Heat (46-36)

Despite the departure of LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra should be able to lead an experienced Heat squad with the likes of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade supported by Luol Deng and Danny Granger to a spot in the top four of the weak East.

5. Toronto Raptors (41-41)

After a surprising Atlantic Division title last season, opponents will pay a little bit more attention to the Raptors this season.

6. New York Knicks (40-42) 4th tiebreaker, predicted to go 29-23 in Conference

Although they will likely struggle early on and will probably have their ups and downs as they adjust to the triangle offense, the Knicks will probably get enough out of the Carmelo Anthony and company to squeak into the postseason.

7. Washington Wizards (40-42) 4th tiebreaker, predicted to go 28-24 in Conference

Can the Wizards, who remained relatively healthy—for them—last season, get another 155 games out of Bradley Beal and John Wall this season?  With Beal likely to miss the first few weeks of the season with a wrist injury, it seems unlikely.

8. Atlanta Hawks (39-43)

Atlanta has made the playoffs an Eastern Conference high seven straight times and despite a tumultuous offseason, the return of Al Horford should help the Hawks push that streak to eight.

9. Charlotte Hornets (37-45)

10. Detroit Pistons (30-52)

11. Indiana Pacers (26-56) 5th tiebreaker, predicted to go 10-19 against predicted playoff teams in East

12. Boston Celtics (26-56) 5th tiebreaker, predicted to go 10-20 against predicted playoff teams in East

13. Milwaukee Bucks (23-59)

14. Orlando Magic (20-62)

15. Philadelphia 76ers (18-64)

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NBA Game of the Day: Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
7:00 PM New York Knicks Brooklyn Nets Nets
8:00 PM Los Angeles Clippers Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies
9:30 PM Miami Heat Chicago Bulls Bulls

The Chicago Bulls (7-9) will try to rebound from their first home loss of the season when they host the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat (14-4) in today’s NBA Game of the Day. The Bulls dropped a 131-128 triple overtime thriller to the New Orleans Pelicans in their last outing on Monday night.

That was Chicago’s first game of a four-game home stand after a disappointing 1-5 Circus Trip. During the second game of that trip (against the Portland Trail Blazers), the Bulls lost star guard Derrick Rose for the remainder of the season with another knee injury. Since losing Rose with a tear in his right meniscus on November 22, Chicago has managed to win just one game. The Bulls hope to use this weeklong home stand to regroup themselves and readjust to life without Rose yet again. Chicago has won five of its last six regular-season home games against Miami.

The Heat, who had their 10-game winning streak snapped by the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night, will try to avoid consecutive losses for the first time since dropping two straight road games over a month ago. Since those two road losses, Miami has won five straight on the road by an average of 14.2 points.

This will be the second meeting of the season between these two teams. The Heat defeated the Bulls, 107-95, on Opening Night.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Denver Nuggets 88 Cleveland Cavaliers 98 Cavaliers Cavaliers
Los Angeles Clippers 97 Atlanta Hawks 107 Clippers Hawks
Phoenix Suns 97 Houston Rockets 88 Rockets Suns
Detroit Pistons 105 Milwaukee Bucks 98 Bucks Pistons
Dallas Mavericks 100 New Orleans Pelicans 97 Mavericks Mavericks
Indiana Pacers 95 Utah Jazz 86 Jazz Pacers
San Antonio Spurs Minnesota Timberwolves Spurs Postponed
Oklahoma City Thunder 104 Portland Trail Blazers 111 Trail Blazers Trail Blazers

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 3-4
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Season: 173-102

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NBA Game of the Day: Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Clippers

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
2:00 PM Detroit Pistons Brooklyn Nets Nets
3:30 PM Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Clippers Bulls
6:00 PM Phoenix Suns Orlando Magic Suns
7:00 PM Utah Jazz Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder
9:30 PM Sacramento Kings Los Angeles Lakers Lakers

The Chicago Bulls (6-5) will be without Derrick Rose when they visit Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers (9-5) in today’s NBA Game of the Day. Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee in a 98-95 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night. Rose will undergo surgery to repair the tear and there is no timetable for his return.

The Bulls defeated the Toronto Raptors while Rose nursed a right hamstring injury on November 15. That is Chicago’s lone road win this season. Today, the Bulls will begin an indefinite run without their star point guard against a Clippers team that is led by probably the best point guard in the league. Chicago will also try to earn its second road win against a team that has lost just one home game this season.

Los Angeles, who will be playing its fourth game in five days, held on for a one-point, 103-102, victory over the Sacramento Kings after it nearly squandered a 20-point lead Saturday afternoon. That was the Clippers’ sixth home win. Los Angeles has surpassed the century mark in all seven of its home games and has allowed the opposition to do the same. In their six home wins, the Clippers have outscored their opponents by an average score of 116-108. Los Angeles has lost the second half of each of its last two back-to-backs.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Sacramento Kings 102 Los Angeles Clippers 103 Clippers Clippers
Philadelphia 76ers 98 Indiana Pacers 106 Pacers Pacers
New York Knicks 89 Washington Wizards 98 Knicks Wizards
Orlando Magic 99 Miami Heat 101 Heat Heat
Boston Celtics 94 Atlanta Hawks 87 Hawks Celtics
Minnesota Timberwolves 101 Houston Rockets 112 Rockets Rockets
Charlotte Bobcats 96 Milwaukee Bucks 72 Bucks Bobcats
Cleveland Cavaliers 96 San Antonio Spurs 126 Spurs Spurs
Dallas Mavericks 100 Denver Nuggets 102 Nuggets Nuggets
Portland Trail Blazers 113 Golden State Warriors 101 Warriors Trail Blazers

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 6-4
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Season: 134-62

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NBA Game of the Day: Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
7:00 PM Cleveland Cavaliers Washington Wizards Wizards
7:00 PM Miami Heat Charlotte Bobcats Heat
7:00 PM Dallas Mavericks Orlando Magic Mavericks
7:30 PM Atlanta Hawks New York Knicks Knicks
8:00 PM Indiana Pacers Chicago Bulls Pacers
8:00 PM Denver Nuggets Houston Rockets Rockets
8:00 PM Philadelphia 76ers New Orleans Pelicans Pelicans
8:00 PM Boston Celtics Minnesota Timberwolves Timberwolves
8:30 PM Oklahoma City Thunder Milwaukee Bucks Thunder
10:30 PM Brooklyn Nets Los Angeles Clippers Clippers
10:30 PM Utah Jazz Golden State Warriors Warriors

The Indiana Pacers (9-0) will go for their 10th straight win to open the season when they visit the Chicago Bulls (4-3) in today’s NBA Game of the Day.  Indiana won the first meeting between these teams, 97-80, on November 6 and leads the season series 1-0.

The Pacers have been absolutely phenomenal on the defensive side of the ball this season.  Through nine games, Indiana has held the opposition to an average of 83.7 points per game (best in the NBA) and has yet to allow any opponent to score more than 91 points.  The Pacers have held their opponents to a league-best 38.6 percent shooting from the field and have the NBA’s best deficiency rating (88.0 points per 100 possessions) as well.

Indiana, who is coming off of a dominating 104-77 performance over the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night, will be playing in the second half of its fourth back-to-back of the season.

After a disappointing 1-3 start, Chicago has strung together three consecutive double-digit victories.  Since their 17-point loss to the Pacers 10 days ago, the Bulls have beaten the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors (who have a total of eight wins between them) by 14, 15 and 16 points respectively.

Chicago will try to extend its streak to four and remain undefeated at home against an Indiana team that is openly shooting for the top spot in the East.  The Bulls may have to play the second half of their first back-to-back of the season without Derrick Rose, who missed his first game of the season Friday night against the Raptors and is currently listed as day-to-day.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Milwaukee Bucks 77 Indiana Pacers 104 Pacers Pacers
Chicago Bulls 96 Toronto Raptors 80 Bulls Bulls
Portland Trail Blazers 109 Boston Celtics 96 Trail Blazers Trail Blazers
Charlotte Bobcats 86 Cleveland Cavaliers 80 Cavaliers Bobcats
Philadelphia 76ers 103 Atlanta Hawks 113 Hawks Hawks
Dallas Mavericks 104 Miami Heat 110 Heat Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves 113 Denver Nuggets 117 Timberwolves Nuggets
Brooklyn Nets 100 OT Phoenix Suns 98 Nets Nets
San Antonio Spurs 91 Utah Jazz 82 Spurs Spurs
Detroit Pistons 97 Sacramento Kings 90 Pistons Pistons
Memphis Grizzlies 89 Los Angeles Lakers 86 Grizzlies Grizzlies

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 9-2
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Season: 93-42

NBA Game of the Day: Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
7:00 PM Washington Wizards Philadelphia 76ers Wizards
7:00 PM Los Angeles Clippers Orlando Magic Clippers
7:00 PM Toronto Raptors Charlotte Bobcats Raptors
7:00 PM Chicago Bulls Indiana Pacers Bulls
7:30 PM Utah Jazz Boston Celtics Celtics
8:00 PM New Orleans Pelicans Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies
8:00 PM Golden State Warriors Minnesota Timberwolves Warriors
8:00 PM Cleveland Cavaliers Milwaukee Bucks Bucks
8:30 PM Phoenix Suns San Antonio Spurs Spurs
9:30 PM Dallas Mavericks Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder

The Indiana Pacers (4-0) will try to remain the NBA’s only undefeated team when they host the Chicago Bulls (1-2) in today’s NBA Game of the Day.  The Pacers, who have won their four games by an average of 9.5 points and have held all four of their opponents under the century mark, will also be going for their first 5-0 start in franchise history.  Indiana’s defense has been stellar.  The Pacers are limiting their opponents to an NBA-low 85.5 points per game and holding them to just 37.9 percent shooting from the field.  Their defensive efficiency rating of 85.4 points per 100 possessions tops the league as well.

The Bulls, who have been known for their defense ever since Tom Thibodeau became their head coach in 2010, have struggled to get stops so far this season.  Two of their first three opponents have each scored 107 points.  Chicago, who is averaging a paltry 93.7 points per game, is struggling offensively as well.  In fact, were it not for a Derrick Rose floater late in Chicago’s 82-81 home win over the New York Knicks, the Bulls would be sitting at 0-3 and trying for their first win tonight.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Miami Heat 104 Toronto Raptors 95 Heat Heat
Utah Jazz 88 Brooklyn Nets 104 Nets Nets
Indiana Pacers 99 Detroit Pistons 91 Pacers Pacers
Charlotte Bobcats 102 New York Knicks 97 Knicks Bobcats
Phoenix Suns 104 New Orleans Pelicans 98 Pelicans Suns
Los Angeles Lakers 104 Dallas Mavericks 123 Lakers Mavericks
San Antonio Spurs 102 Denver Nuggets 94 Nuggets Spurs
Atlanta Hawks 105 Sacramento Kings 100 Hawks Hawks
Houston Rockets 116 Portland Trail Blazers 101 Trail Blazers Rockets

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 4-5
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Season: 41-18

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